FORMER HEART PATIENTS STEP OUT TO RAISE £5,500
Five people who say they owe their lives to
heart surgeons at the North Staffs Hospital, Stoke on Trent have
raised £5,500 to say thank you for the expert care that they
Mervyn Foulkes and Tegwyn Lewis, both from
Adfa, near Newtown, Ann Davies, from Newtown and Mike Andrew
and Tony Isaac, both from Meifod, completed two sponsored
walks last November to raise the money.
Family members and friends joined them on a six-mile walk
around picturesque Gregynog Hall, Tregynon followed by an
11-mile hike around Lake Vyrnwy. A combined total of 67
walkers completed the walks.
All five former heart patients are delighted
with the money raised for the coronary care unit. They said:
"The money raised by the walks is just a token of our
appreciation, as we can never fully repay the North Staffs
Hospital for the expert care that we received.
Tony Berry (front left), chairman of the North Staffs Heart
Committee, receives the cheque for £5,500 from Mervyn Foulkes
watched by (standing from left) Tony Isaac, Mike Andrew, Ann
Davies and Tegwyn Lewis.
"We would like to thank everyone who helped in
any way with this project, including those who took sponsor forms
and collected money, those that gave so generously to the cause,
first aiders and those that provided transport."
A cheque was presented to Tony Berry, MBE chairman of the North
Staffs Heart Committee, at a presentation ceremony held at the Tan
House Inn, Llangyniew.
Mr Berry thanked the former heart patients and supporters for
their excellent fundraising work. He said the committee had raised
£4.5 million to buy equipment for the hospital's cardiac services
since it was established 30 years ago.
The hospital was now one of the largest and most successful
cardiac centres in the UK with nine consultant cardiologists and
he described the team of specialist staff as "absolutely
He told the former heart patients that they would have benefited
from equipment purchased by the committee during their stay in
hospital. "It is only with the support of people like you that we
can afford to buy this equipment so that the hospital can then
back it up with consultants," he added.
NEW YEAR HONOUR FOR ONE OF OUR
The Queen's New Year Honours list brought great
news for the organisation when Tony Berry, the Chairman and one of
the co-founders was awarded the MBE.
Chair and Co-Founder, North Staffs Heart Committee
For services to the community of North Staffordshire
Tony's history of public service goes back many
years as some of the following roles illustrate:
Scouting leadership - Dresden & Kibblestone
National Service RAF
Fellow Chartered Institute of Building - Past
Chairman of North Staffs Branch
Fellow Institute of Carpenters - Past Chairman
North Midland Section
Fellow Chartered Institute of Management
Associate Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Round Table - Past Chairman Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Past Chairman Cheshire & North West Midlands
1974 - Newcastle Borough Councillor - 4 years
1975 - Rotary Club of Blackfriars (Newcastle) -
1988 - Member and Spokesperson of Newcastle War
Appeal resulting in erection of cenotaph in 1992
1992 - Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
awarded Paul Harris Fellowship for services to the
2003 - Retired as Chairman of North
Staffordshire Magistrates Bench
after 30 years service as Justice of the Peace
From 1979 - Co-Founder of the North Staffs Heart
Committee, the leading LOCAL heart charity and its Chairman for
the past 25 years during which time the charity has raised over
£4million to improve cardiac care in North Staffordshire
Congratulations Tony Berry MBE!
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NORTH STAFFS HEART COMMITTEE
DONATES HIGH -TECH
MACHINES FOR HOSPITAL'S PIONEERING RESEARCH
This latest donation by North Staffs Heart
Committee means that Staffordshire is one of the first areas in
the country to have access to a revolutionary method of heart
screening which will save many lives each year. It also aids
pioneering research into the causes of heart failure by
pinpointing the cause in such detail that, for the first time,
doctors know exactly which patients will benefit from the fitting
of a special pacemaker.
Until now diagnosis - and still in other cities
- diagnosis was far more hit and miss, leading to significant
numbers having the advanced pacemaker even though they don't need
North Staffs Heart Committee, the leading
local heart charity, has provided the new GE Vivid
echocardiography system, valued at £350,000, which has been hailed as a major
step forward in the provision of high quality cardiac imaging.
It helps doctors to make a rapid and accurate assessment of a
wide range of cardiac conditions.
And the capabilities of the state of the art
technology has been a key factor in attracting a grant from a
national research foundation for research into heart failure
and how it can be prevented.
Dr Grant Heatlie Consultant Cardioligist tries out the
equipment on Antony Sumara Chief Executive with them are Tony
Berry, Mike Brereton and Prof John Sanderson
Basically the equipment provided by the Heart
Committee comprises two 'mainframe' Vivid -7 echocardiography
machines to be used for both treatment and research purposes.
In addition there is a Vivid -I laptop-style portable machine.
This is used by world renowned cardiac specialist Professor John E
Sanderson to screen patients on the wards and in their homes as
part of his pioneering cardiovascular research into heart failure,
a disorder which medical experts still do not fully understand.
Tony Berry, left, with from left Prof John Sanderson, Antony Sumara ChiefExecutive of the University Hospital; Peter Carder of the NS Heart
Committee, Mike Brereton and Dr Grant Heatlie Consultant
Professor Sanderson, who is also a member of the North Staffs
Heart Committee, said: "This cutting edge equipment allows us to
make much more precise measurements of the function of the heart
"The new technology makes it easier to identify impairments at an
early stage so patients can be treated before their condition
"I am sure that without this equipment we would
not have been successful in being awarded a research grant. As a
cardiologist I am thrilled that this area has such an active and
successful fundraising charity to support research and the
treatment of cardiac patients in North Staffordshire.
He added: "Once we have a better understanding of the symptoms of
heart failure we will have a good chance of being able to prevent
this condition or treat it in a more effective way."
Consultant Cardiololgist Dr Grant Heatlie, Director of Cardiac
Imaging at the hospital, said: "This cutting edge technology is
being used in a wide variety of applications, including the
diagnosis of angina and the comprehensive assessment of heart
"One of the most exciting advances it has allowed us to make is in
the assessment of heart failure. Some heart failure patients are
helped by the implantation of an advanced pacemaker - Cardiac
Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT).
"The unique Tissue Doppler imaging capabilities of the Vivid -7
have allowed us to establish a screening programme to identify
those patients who will benefit most from CRT.
"The University Hospital of North Staffordshire¹s cardiac
department is one of the few centres in the country to have such a
Dr Heatlie said the three dimensional echocardiography on board
the Vivid -7 is a new technique that will help to improve the
accuracy of the diagnosis of many types of heart disease.
He added: "The new equipment has improved the access of patients
to high quality echocardiography services and the development of
important clinical and research programmes which would not have
been possible without the generous support of the North Staffs
The Committee works closely with heart specialists at hospitals in
North Staffs to source and buy vital hi-tech cardiac equipment,
and since it was formed 27 years ago the independent charity has
raised more than £4 million to help the battle against heart
Tony Berry, Chairman of the North Staffs Heart Committee, said:
"We are delighted to be able to donate this equipment which will
help to keep the hospital¹s cardiac department ahead of the field.
"We are particularly pleased that the provision of the Vivid -7
and Vivid -I technology has attracted additional funding for the
new research programmes that have been made possible by these
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT STEVE RUSHTON, CHARITABLE
FUNDS AND APPEALS MANAGER AT THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF NORTH
STAFFORDSHIRE, PHONE 01782 552018
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